KSU names 1st ‘human capital’ VP

By The Mercury

K-State on Thursday announced the selection of Cheryl Johnson as the university’s first-ever vice president of human capital.

The move is part of the school’s intiative to “consolidate and integrate” university-wide human resource functions and services offered through the Office of Academic Personnel, the Office of Affirmative Action and the Division of Human Resources, according to a K-State report. The change will establish a Division of Human Capital effective July 1.

The division aims to “facilitate the recruitment, retention and development of a diver, highly qualified and high-performing workforce,” according to its website.

Beginning in mid-July, Johnson will lead Kansas State University’s personnel efforts.

Johnson, who was selected through a national search, has served as chief operating officer of JVisions Inc. in Kalamazoo, Mich., since 2012. Johnson also served as vice president at Meijer in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she was the human resources leader for 60,000 employees in retail operations, supply chain and pharmacy retail.

Before joining Meijer, Johnson was a human resources leader at Wolverine World Wide, Whirlpool, Textron, Fluid Handling Products and DuPont. At DuPont she worked in several divisions, including agricultural products and automotive products research and development center. She also has worked in Asia and Europe.

“Cheryl Johnson is an exceptional leader who will guide us as we integrate and transform our human capital services here at Kansas State University…” said Kirk Schulz, university president. “Her expertise throughout the globe as an HR leader will support the university’s core asset: our people.”

Johnson said she looks forward to working with university leaders and human resources staff.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the Wildcat family and serve as Kansas State University’s first vice president for human capital,” Johnson said.

Johnson is a certified human resource professional and a certified conflict mediator.

She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the International Society of Human Resource Management. She volunteers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Habitat for Humanity and serves on the board of directors for Housing Resources Inc. She also is a member of The Links Inc.

She earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Oakland University and a master’s in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University.

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